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Celtic Set

From Wind Repertory Project
Henry Cowell

Henry Cowell


General Info

Year: 1938
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


Movements

1. Reel (Interlochen Camp Reel) - 3:25
2. Caoine - 4:20
3. Hornpipe - 5:25

Movements may be played separately.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Wood Block (2)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Celtic Set explores the traditional music of Ireland, using original melodies rather than pre-existing folk songs. Two dance movements (Reel & Hornpipe) frame a slow lament (Caoine). Henry Cowell and Percy Grainger collaborated on the orchestration, exploring the richness of the saxophone and double reeds to great effect, as well as considerable innovation in percussion writing in the first movement.

The collection of movements titled Celtic Set were written on the encouragement of Percy Grainger, while Cowell was imprisoned in San Quentin. Cowell had written a number of short works for the prison band.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)


Celtic Set was written for Percy Grainger while Cowell was incarcerated at San Quentin Prison in California. It was premiered by Grainger at Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, with the Susquehanna University Band, May 6, 1938. It was also arranged for orchestra (1943), piano solo and two pianos, four hands.

The first movement, Reel, begins with a droneline introduction, followed by contrasting original reel melodies; Caoine is a mournful, continually singing Irish lament for the dead; and Hornpipe is a rollicking, swift moving movement with rapidly alternating solo and tutti scoring. The movements may be performance separately.

- Program note from Program Notes for Band


Awards


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: IV


Performances

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